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Monday, February 6, 2012

Delight Yourself in the LORD

Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate (feed on His) faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him and He will do it.

Rest (be still) in the LORD and wait patiently (longingly) for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way.

Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

Better is the little of the righteous 
Than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
But the LORD sustains the righteous. 
The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
And their inheritance will be forever.

The wicked borrows and does not pay back,
But the righteous is gracious and gives.

The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his ways.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.

Wait for the LORD and keep His way.

Psalm 37:3-5, 7-9, 11, 16-18, 21, 23-24, 34

Delight, Webster's defines delight as : to take great pleasure/to give keen enjoyment/to give joy or satisfaction to. Delight yourself in the LORD. Take great pleasure in the Lord, give keen enjoyment to the Lord, give joy or satisfaction in the Lord. This passage is full of convicting, directing and loving words of promise. Trust...dwell...delight...commit...rest...do not fret...humility...the Lord sustains...gracious...wait. I've been struggling through trust, trying to dig deeper into the word, the attitude, the living of trust. Dwell, He has placed me right where I am for a specific reason, will I dwell? Will I be where He has me and not long for something different? Will I be all here, not seeking for more or less or different, will I just be here? Delight, oh to delight myself in the Lord, no matter what is going on around me to delight in the Lord alone. To not seek joy outside of Christ, because the joy of Christ is a joy that far exceeds the joy of this world, the joy of circumstance. That joy is empty and will fade. But the joy that is found when I delight myself in my Savior is a joy that will last, that will hold, that will keep me no matter what comes my way. Commit your way to the LORD. Will I commit to Him my ways, will I seek His direction, will I let Him guide and commit to not move until He gives the directions? Will I rest, will I be still? I am beginning to learn the importance of being still. This world moves so fast that it can be hard to keep up, so many things are vying for our attention and yet He just asks us to be still. To step out of the craziness of life and give Him time. He longs for my time, my relationship, my conversation, my willing heart. Do not fret. Something I learned from a friend while I was at Capernwray concerning "do not fret" really opened my eyes and I have clung to these words "Fret - to be consumed by. It is like temptation, it will always be there (the desire, the pull to fret, to worry - see Matthew 6:25-34) but I can choose whether I am going to be consumed by the fretting/worrying or not". I am faced with the choice daily it seems, am I going to fret or will I trust? What does it mean to be humble? When I think of biblical humility I think of Philippians 2:1-8 where Paul speaks on the humility of Christ, and since I am to follow Christ's example this is where I turn when I am seeking direction concerning humility. The LORD sustains. I love this statement. It gives me such hope, such joy, such confidence. To be gracious, to give out of faith. This is the attitude I want to have when it comes to giving, whether to the church, to those in need that I know or don't know, I want to give out of faith, trusting that the Lord will provide for us all. Wait. Oh what a word, wait. I don't always do well with waiting. I am trying to do better, but often I try in my own strength and not in the strength of my Father.

Father God thank you so much for this psalm, thank you for revealing Yourself to me this morning. Thank you for the direction and focus that You have given me through these verses. Thank you for the sun that is shining bright, for the clean dishes waiting to be put away, and for the dust bunnies that are ready for the swiffer!